Researchers assess seismic activities to design stronger structures

Fundamental frequency is a much-considered variable in the design of earthquake-resistant buildings, but other variables -- less understood -- also play a role. Researchers at Southern Illinois University Carbondale hope to take data from the U.S. Geological Survey, Europe, Japan and other locations, and then "use computer analysis to take the quake signals, apply them to variables and turn them into pictures to figure out which variables are the most important to engineers." The goal is to develop models that will help engineers to improve structural design so buildings could better withstand earthquakes and perhaps add to building codes for areas prone to earthquakes. Saluki Times, The/Southern Illinois University Carbondale (7/6)

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